Moscow suspect waives right to speedy preliminary hearing

State of Idaho pushed third appearance to June 26


(Kai Eiselein/New York Post/Pool)

Suspect Bryan Kohberger entering a Latah County Courtroom on January 12, 2023.

A Latah County courtroom sat in silence, minutes before quadruple homicide suspect, Bryan Kohberger, entered for his second court appearance in Moscow where his alleged stabbings took place.

Media filled the rows of seats as Kohberger entered the eerily quiet courtroom. His defense, Anne Taylor, Kootenai County chief public defender, requested the state push her client’s preliminary hearing to late June to allow for more collection of facts and evidence.

This appearance comes after an initial hearing on Jan. 5 where the probable cause affidavit, — which detailed Moscow Police Department’s investigation into the homicide, was released to the public. 

Kohberger was arrested by Pennsylvania law enforcement on Dec.  30, 2022, for the homicides of four University of Idaho students. 

He was charged with four felony counts of first-degree murder in his alleged connection to the deaths of Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, and one count of felony burglary. 

The state of Idaho made no objection to the defendant’s request, but suggested a later date in early July. Megan Marshall, Latah County Magistrate Judge, set Kohberger’s preliminary hearing to start at 9 a.m. each day during the week of June 26–30. The extra days allow for more time to present facts and evidence if needed, said Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson. 

Kohberger spoke only three words during the brief preliminary status hearing: first acknowledging his right to a speedy preliminary hearing within two weeks of his initial appearance in Latah Co. court and then waiving that right. 

The defendant was remanded by local authorities following the status hearing as Kohberger was denied bail in his initial appearance.